This past week as our nation celebrated its 237th birthday I pondered the question, how many more birthday’s will there be for our nation? I was struck this week as I studied the story of Judah in the 20th chapter of 2 Chronicles on God’s impressive deliverance of that nation. At the core to Judah’s victory was their faith and trust in the living God. I don’t know God’s timetable for end time events but I do know that the pressing need of America right now is for faith and trust in the living God who has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
In the 2 Chronicles story a vast enemy is coming up from the north to attack Jerusalem. Jehoshaphat calls for a fast and brings the people together for a great prayer meeting. We read, “The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord, indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.” (v.4 NIV). We need people to be fasting and praying together about the needs of our nation. We are not God’s nation or His chosen people and we make a mistake when we wrap our Christianity in the American flag. God calls believers to even a greater allegiance to His Son the Lord Jesus Christ then to our nation. But we can certainly fast and pray about the direction our nation is going. When Jehoshaphat faced his enemies he went to God in prayer, we can do the same.
We are in a great spiritual warfare right now for the very soul of America. To deny this fact would be a very serious mistake. But we must also realize the same truth Jehoshaphat learned, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (v.15 NIV). Remember the key to Jehoshaphat’s victory was faith and trust in the living God. That faith and trust was reflected in the Levites singing praise unto God as they went out to battle. In fact, the Levites led the way which causes Judah’s enemies to begin to fight each other. And by the time Judah’s army arrived their enemies had completely annihilated each other and it took Judah 3 days to carry off the plunder.
So we see prayer and fasting were part of the victory. But so was praise. That praise flowed from the belief that God would ultimately prevail. As we celebrate our freedom as a nation this week let us also celebrate the wonderful freedom that was purchased for us at the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and the empty tomb. Let us also make sure we’re lifting the name of Jesus Christ in praise and adoration as we advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true author of our liberty.
In Christ’s Service,